A few decades ago, the idea that toddlers think like scientists would have been considered unthinkable. Jean Piaget, the pioneer of cognitive thinking, believed that children are illogical, irrational, and “pre-causal”, and this idea informed curriculum design for many years. But it has been proved wrong by scientific evidence, which shows children are born with an innate desire to explore, form hypotheses, experiment, observe, and develop conclusions. This is something that EtonHouse, one of Singapore’s most esteemed schools, readily recognizes and encourages in its classrooms.
Inquiry-based learning is an approach that meaningfully embraces the context of learning in the modern world. It is closely connected with the natural way in which humans learn. Children are a curious bunch. They love to ask questions. Their ideas and interests mark where a meaningful learning process starts to build the knowledge and life skills needed to succeed.
EtonHouse encourages this innate ability of children to think creatively, investigate and learn by being fully engaged in the process. Their educators don’t tell children what and how to think but support them to be independent thinkers and innovators.
They offer opportunities and set up provocations for students to pose questions, undertake projects, and find answers and solutions based on data and experimentation.
In an inquiry-based model, responding to the children’s interest in otters, for example, educators will present concepts and talking points such as animal habitats and sharing the planet with animals. From the questions raised by children, they will introduce hypotheses on where and how animals live, their interdependence within the animal’s environment, and encourage children to create a diorama of these habitats through play and exploration. A provocation will trigger an investigative process involving data gathering, and the synthesis of evidence to support or refine the group’s thinking or even generate new ideas on how they could take action to make the world a better place for all.
EtonHouse builds on the inquiry-based IB PYP approach by incorporating project-based learning into their secondary and high school curriculum. The school's personalised academic support gives students the freedom to express themselves and investigate things they are interested in.
For example, through their SMART Projects programme, students use their inquiry skills on year-long passion projects based on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. It offers them the opportunity to inquire into global issues and build upon knowledge and skills learnt across all subjects to develop practical solutions. This process nurtures highly engaged students who are motivated to push learning boundaries and take action to make change happen.
Visit any EtonHouse school day to learn more about their inquiry-based curriculum. The following EtonHouse schools are also offering limited-time offers where you get to enjoy savings of up to SG$1,250 when you sign up before 31 October, 2021. Book a school tour to find out more!
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